The Italian national team was presented in Milan ahead of the EuroBasket 2022. During the presentation, the team's head coach Gianmarco Pozzecco mentioned that he doesn't watch Giannis Antetokounmpo's videos as it would give him depression.

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The Italian national team that will start their battles in EuroBasket on September 2 has been officially presented in the Sky studios in Milan.

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis  Antetokounmpo
Position: PF, SF
Age: 27
Height: 211 cm
Weight: 98 kg
Birth place: Athens, Greece

Head coach Gianmarco Pozzecco's team, which plays the first phase of the tournament at the Assago Forum, will debut on September 2, Friday at 21:00 CEST against Estonia.

At the presentation, Pozzecco talked about upcoming challenges, their opponents, and expectations in the tournament.

When asked about Giannis Antetokounmpo, Pozzecco said he tries to concentrate on different problems than stopping an inhuman player like Giannis.

"He [Giannis Antetokounmpo] is fascinating as a player. But I have different problems, we had little time to work and if I watched his videos I would fall into depression," said Pozzecco.

"Fortunately there will also be more human players. On the other hand, it will give us a lot of motivation to face him [Antetokounmpo], it gives you energy. He is a very competitive European, worse for us but it is good for basketball," Pozzecco explained. 

Pozzecco revealed he doesn't like NBA basketball that much and explained what helped him to choose his final 12-player roster.

"I have great esteem for Italian players. I don't adore the NBA because you play a different basketball. We have many interesting players, but not many," said Pozzecco. 

"I chose the 12 to build a group, which has hierarchies in mind and goals. Messina said that the players have a personal goal and a team goal, I'm lucky to have some guys who understand this concept," Pozzecco added.


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